Seniors start summer on fire
Melons win first two games.
Gothenburg’s offense went wild in one inning during the first game of the 2011 season at Kearney and the Melons’ pitching held off a tough Cozad team at home the next night as the Seniors start the year with a 2-0 record.
The Melons hope to continue their winning ways in the week to come as they travel to Holdrege Wednesday (today) and host Minden on Tuesday before going to McCook on June 8.
10 runs in one inning
The Senior Melons struggled in the batter’s box during the first three innings of the season at Kearney on Thursday.
Five strikeouts by Gothenburg and four putouts from Kearney Little Caesars left the Melons trailing 2-0 heading into the fourth inning.
That’s when the Gothenburg had a scoring explosion thanks to six walks, three hits and two errors.
Cody Ostergard started with a fly ball caught by Kear-ney’s pitcher.
Then things went bad for the Little Caesars team and Gothenburg capitalized.
Tre Ostergard walked, Jeron Seimer reached on an error and the next three consecutive batters walked scoring Ostergard and Seimer to even the tally.
When Trent Good connected for a two-RBI single, Korey Ahlenstorf and Tannor Mroczek came home to put the Melons ahead 4-0.
With Good at first and Aaron Lauer on third, Brandon Wlasiuk walked as well to load the bases.
Tre Ostergard stepped up for a two-RBI single to score Lauer and Good.
An error by Kearney’s shortstop allowed Seimer on base again and scored Wlasiuk.
Ahlenstorf finished off the blitz by hitting a double to center field bringing home both Tre Ostergard and Seimer.
After seeing 13 Melon batters in one inning, Kearney finally ended the frame with a strikeout. Gothenburg led 10-2.
The Melons put another run on the board in the top of the seventh inning as Ahlenstorf reached on a single, advanced on an error, stole third and scooted home when Good was put out at second.
Ahlenstorf finished with a pair of hits, a pair of runs and an RBI. Tre Ostergard and Seimer collected two hits each,
Tre Ostergard got the win on the mound as well, throwing a complete game with eight strikeouts.
It was a dogfight, as usual, between Cozad and Gothenburg Friday night, pushed to extra innings by a 2-2 score at the end of seven.
Cozad led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Jonathon Clark and Brandon Wlasiuk each walked.
Clark advanced to third and Wlasiuk to second on a wild pitch to Tanner Schwanz. Another wild pitch thrown by Cozad’s Mason Fischer allowed Clark to zip home and left Wlasiuk on third.
Wlasiuik tied the score when he made it home on a passed ball sending the game into extra innings.
With Korey Ahlenstorf on the mound in relief for Schwanz, Cozad went 0-for-3 as Ahlenstorf struck out the first two batters and Jake Paulsen was put out on a throw from Jeron Seimer at third to Tre Ostergard on first.
It only took two Melon batters to win in the eighth inning,
Fischer walked Ahlenstorf and Tannor Mroczek hit a to-the-fence double for the winning run.
Ahlenstorf got the win with six strikeouts and two walks in 22/3 innings.